EMPORDA and surroundings


Albons Bellcaire d’Empordà Foixà Fontclara La Bisbal d’Empordà
Canapost Casavells Corçà Clots de Sant Julià Canet Cruïlles Marenyà Matajudaïca Monells Palau-Sator Parlavà Pals Peratallada La Pera Púbol Rupià Sant Iscle d’Empordà Sant Julià de Boada Sant Sadurní de l’Heura La Tallada d’Empordà Tor Ullastret Ultramort Verges Vulpellac

Agullana Castell Sant Ferran fortress Dali's Museum Figueres Maçanet de Cabrenys Lladó Llers L'Escala Les Escaules Peralada Pont de Molins Riumors Sant Miquel de Fluvià Sant Tomàs de Fluvià La Vajol Vilabertran Viladamat Vilanova de la Muga Ventalló

Besalú Porqueres Banyoles Cervià de Ter Le Boulou Maureilles Céret Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines


One of the oldest churches in the Empordà

The church of Sant Romà de les Arenes and the medieval village of Sidillà are located near the river Ter, in a place covered by sand dunes. It is supposed that during the 13th and 14th centuries the flooding from the nearby river buried the constructions and due to it their inhabitants went to live to Sant Llorenç de les Arenes.
The origin of the church is from the 8th and 9th early centuries. First
historical references are dated in the year 983, with the name Siziliano. The temple has one single nave covered with a Romanesque arch. The nave is divided in two sections by an arch, and the squared apse is separated from the nave by a triumphal arch. Walls are built using simple slate slabs. On the outer part of the nave some Lombardy rows can be seen. A small and narrow window in the form of horseshoe is situated in the north wall.

Some decades ago the building was reinforced with some brick and wood pillars.

This is one of the most primitive and deteriorated churches in the area and one of most interesting examples of Pre-Romanesque architecture preserving still part of the remains from the medieval town that was covered with sand for many years.

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